A faculty member at Texas A&M University-Central Texas — a fellow ADP campus — is engaged in a research project focused on Millennial Generation Faculty Members and Civic Engagement. Please read the short study description below and share with colleagues that might be interested in participating in this important effort. Thanks! — Jen
Millennial Faculty & Civic Engagement Study
“Civically-minded” is a term often used to describe individuals from the Millennial Generation (individuals born in 1982 or later) due to their affinity for community service, social activism and involvement in nonprofit organizations. Coincidentally, the time during which those from this generation entered college represented an era during which higher education demonstrated a renewed emphasis on civic engagement efforts nationally. These activities and programs have repeatedly demonstrated positive effects on many student outcomes that prepare them for lives as engaged citizens and professionals.
It is at this point that Millennials are beginning to enter the professoriate themselves. As the sustained success of service-learning and other community engagement endeavors ultimately lies with faculty members, this study aims to investigate how generational tendencies and/or undergraduate experiences have affected currently engaged Millennial faculty members’ development.
We are seeking full-time faculty members born after 1981 who have utilized service-learning in their teaching in order to investigate: 1) their personal perceptions and motivations towards the practice, and 2) if their undergraduate experience affected their development as civically-engaged professionals. Participants will take part in a brief individual interview and a short follow-up discussion with other participants to examine commonalities and themes. Webcams will be necessary for participation.
Interviews will begin in December 2015 and will continue through early February 2016. All interested individuals should contact Morgan Lewing at email@example.com.
Dr. Morgan Lewing
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Texas A&M University-Central Texas (Killeen, TX)
In the 1980’s, Latinos were described as America’s sleeping giant.
Over these decades, Latinos have gradually increased their civic aptitude and today are influencing the country’s civic life. With the release of the National Conference on Citizenship’s (NCOC) Latinos Civic Health Index, we now have an in-depth understanding of Latino civic engagement across a wide range of indicators.
The report finds that Latino youth are at the forefront of increasing civic engagement within their communities. While overall Latino civic participation rates are lower than the rest of the population, improved educational opportunities, English language proficiency, and a higher than average rate of social media usage create increased avenues for youth engagement.
Two particularly interesting findings are that young Latino Internet users use social networking sites at higher rates (80%) than non-Latino whites (70%) and African Americans (75%). Additionally, lower income Latino youth are more likely than their higher income Latino counterparts to use social media. Combined, these points offer new opportunities for civic organizations and governments to focus on social media as a way to increase engagement.
The report, which is available in English and Spanish, can be found here.
Our Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Roundup is a new, semi-regular feature on the ADP National Blog. It will feature short summaries of news, research, events and opportunities as well as other work by our partners and other national and international leaders in the civic engagement movement. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have information you’d like featured in a future Roundup.
- Save the date for the 2016 Frontiers of Democracy conference: June 23-25, 2016 at Tufts University’s Boston campus
- Matt Leighninger joins Public Agenda as VP for engagement and director of the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment
- Everyday Democracy’s 7 Tips for Facilitating Discussions on Community-Police Relations
- Public Agenda releases a Participatory Budgeting Toolkit, featuring 15 key metrics
- Text, Talk, Act is back and bigger than ever, with national events on November 10th
- Four quadrants of citizen engagement: accessibility, collaboration, transparency, empowerment
- Sandy Heierbacher recounts a year of transition for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
- Low community turnout and 10 things you can do about it from @EvDem
- Youth voter turnout down in 2014; young people more likely to vote for candidates who are more “in touch” with them – http://ow.ly/QkcQQ
- Campus Compact Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact Conference March 21-23, 2016, Boston, MA
Roosevelt’s Rewriting the Rules report continues to make waves. They just released new opinion research conducted by Democracy Corps which shows that voters have an overwhelmingly positive response to the Rewriting the Rules frame and agenda. The message of the report – which argues that comprehensive reforms can grow the economy and reduce inequality – fuels enthusiasm for the election among key voting demographics.
The opinion research, based on focus groups and a national poll, shows that likely voters soundly reject trickle-down economics in favor of an agenda to rewrite the rules of the economy, challenge corporate interests that manipulate our political system in their favor, and level the playing field to promote growth. Some key takeaways:
• More than 80 percent agree and nearly 60 percent strongly agree that “the rules of the economy matter and the top 1 percent have used their influence to shape the rules of the economy to their advantage.”
• Voters are skeptical of conservative economic principles. The term “trickle down” is greeted negatively by 45 percent of voters – more than twice the number who react positively.
• Progressive economic proposals are far more popular across the electorate, and that popularity grows when the public hears the Rewriting the Rules narrative. Voters are even more supportive when the agenda starts with reforming the corrupt system of financing politics.
For more information check out the poll memo, slides, and toplines
As part of a new series of AASCU Research and Strategy reports, AASCU corporate partners are providing important insights and data to our member institutions. Our latest report is a white paper from a company that ADP has worked closely with and that sponsored our 2015 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting.
Lyon Software’s white paper on “The Importance of Reporting Community Impact in Institutions of Higher Learning,” provides a set of concrete arguments for why institutions of higher education should consider measuring and reporting their community impacts, including developing and maintaining community support; maintaining academic credentials; and institutionalizing community engagement. The white paper also identifies four general communities related to the educational arena that institutions might consider reporting on — including: campus, academic, local/global, and mission-specific domains — and offers examples of programs or measures for each area.
Special Note for ADP Blog readers:
Institutions interested in tracking their impact on the community are invited to join Lyon Software’s Stewards of CBISA user group. CBISA Plus for Higher Education is a tool used to help you track your institution’s service-learning and community engagement programs in order to create your institutional impact report. Those joining the Stewards of CBISA user group will receive 50% off their first year’s subscription to CBISA.
If you’re not familiar with Lyon Software and their CBISA tool, be sure to check them out online or by contacting either Brittany Younts or Crystal Randolph at 419-882-7184 or at byounts @ lyonsoftware.com or crandolph @ lyonsoftware.com, respectively.